The RRazz Room, San Francisco's premier nightclub, presents the debut duo engagement of stage and screen star, FRANC D'AMBROSIO, and Broadway star, Jeri Sager. For their show, "Together Again...For The First Time," the powerhouse duo will perform their favorite Broadway and pop hits along with stories of their early days together in New York City. The show will run December 11 through December 15.
FRANC D'AMBROSIO is best known for his impressive portrayal of the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera. Affectionately known as Phantom's "The Iron Man of The Mask," Franc D'Ambrosio was awarded the distinction as the "Worlds Longest Running Phantom." This accomplishment was immortalized in a cemented hand ceremony and Franc retained this title for over a decade. D'Ambrosio's resume also includes an Academy Award Nominated film, an Emmy Award Nominated television show, a four time Tony nominated Broadway show, Two Grammy Considerations, and a National Theatre Award Nomination.
Early in his career, Paramount Pictures discovered D'Ambrosio in the chorus of his first Broadway show. Francis Ford Coppola immediately cast D'Ambrosio as Anthony Corleone, the opera singing son of Al Pacino and Diane Keaton in Coppola's seven time Academy Award nominated film Godfather III. Franc not only had the honor of starring in the film, he also sang the Academy Award winning theme song, "Speak Softly Love" (Brucia la Terra) – both in the film and on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. This performance of the award winning song so impressed the late Luciano Pavarotti that it led to an invitation - which was quickly accepted - for him to study with the legendary tenor, for a summer, at his home in Italy. So began this varied and noteworthy career. In early 2000 Barry Manilow personally selected him to create and star as the male lead "Tony" in the pre-Broadway tour of Copacabana. The show enjoyed a successful year long tour. His performance earned D'Ambrosio his National Theatre Award nomination for Best Male Performer in a Musical.
Jeri Sager is a veteran of Broadway and numerous national tours. She is best known for her portrayal of "Grizabella" in Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning musical. Following her studies in Opera Vocal Performance at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, she made her Broadway debut as "Frumah-Sara", in the Tony Award-winning 25th Anniversary production of Fiddler on the Roof. Sager also received critical acclaim for her portrayal of "Fantine" in Les Miserables and "Eva Peron" in Evita. She has worked with such theater notables as Tony/Oscar Award winning director Jerome Robbins, Tony/Drama Desk Award winning director Trevor Nunn and Tony/Drama Desk Award winning singer/songwriter and playwright Rupert Holmes. Her performances have earned praise from critics in such leading publications as The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New Yorker, The Los Angeles Times and The San Francisco Examiner.
In addition to her Broadway roles, Sager has worked in other theatrical productions such as City of Angels, Brigadoon, West Side Story, Pippin, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Pump Boys and Dinettes. During her career, Sager has performed with celebrated artists such as Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, Michael Crawford, Betty Buckley, Theodore Bikel, Bill Anderson, and John James. She has had the honor of performing for such dignitaries as President Jimmy Carter, President George W. Bush and Pope John Paul II. She has also worked with the USO, performing for both American and British troops. Other notable appearances include her rendition of the National Anthem for the Baltimore Orioles on July 4 and her debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Sager has also been cast in roles for film & television. She co-hosted the cable TV show, "RV Today" on OLN (Outdoor Life Network) for four years and has starred in numerous TV commercials. She played the abusive mother in Martina McBride's heart wrenching music video "Concrete Angel." Most recently, she finished filming Country Strong, a feature film starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGRaw and Leighton Meester, released in December of 2010. She has released three CDs: Swing It Like Sammy, Regards...Jeri, and Memory – A Special Live Performance. Currently she is working on the completion of her fourth CD titled Broadway by Jeri – Live!